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So, above, you’ll find the cover of Marc Spector: Moon Knight #17, published way, way back in 1990. “No matter what the jury decides – the secret empire demands death!” That statement seems to suggest that the outcome of the trial is irrelevant. What kind of criminal justice system is Moon Knight facing, anyway? Here’s the rather confusing summary of the issue from Comicvine:

Marc’s trial begins. Meanwhile, Marlene and Frenchie are trying to escape the mercenaries they mistakenly thought would be able to help them free Marc. They bring out the innocent victims of Raposa’s rise to power, and force Marc to look upon them, much to his dismay. Back in New York, Jeff has decided to use Moon Knight’s costume and gadgets in his absence to follow in his father’s footsteps and perform some break and enters. He accidentally stumbles upon a Secret Empire meeting and is almost killed by their security patrol. He manages to escape but is caught on camera in the process. While Marc wonders what his father would think of him right now, Marlene and Frenchie are planning their rescue from a nearby hotel room. Meanwhile, Carmilla takes the stand and Marc notices that she hesitates when asked if her husband had a weapon when he was shot. This makes Marc realise there might be more to the story. The council finds Marc guilty and he is sentenced to hang in 3 days time. Marc’s cellmates are planning their escape, and even though he originally declined their offer to join them, he has now changed his mind.

You know, it’s not easy finding these legally themed comic book covers after doing this for five and a half years.

Don’t forget! You can register for the Halloween CLE planned by our editor, Jim Dedman, by going here!

Our favorite tweet of late is an older one, from June, but it is simply perfect in its sentiment:

Abnormal Use and the Halloween CLE!

As you know, we here at Abnormal Use occasionally speak at – or even plan – CLE conferences and seminars. 2015 is no exception, and our editor, Jim Dedman, has just assembled a heckuva Halloween CLE in conjunction with the Mecklenburg County Bar.

If you seek some frightful legal topics about which to learn, check these out:

Statutory Horror: Actual Laws Governing the Supernatural and Occult
A ghastly look into the real laws that govern the occult and the supernatural in North Carolina. This program will delve into the obscure laws on the books preventing you from falling into classic horror film clichés. We will look at haunted houses, mysterious cults, graveyards, and much more, all the while relying on very real cases, statutes, and governmental regulations addressing these very strange circumstances.

Alienation of Affection: The Cause of Action that Refuses to Die
Alienation of affection remains our state’s scariest cause of action.  Although most states have abandoned this ancient tort, it refuses to die here in North Carolina. Equally frightening is criminal conversation, a closely tied tort sounding in strict liability.  This program will address both of these concepts in detail, including the elements of each, practical considerations in filing and trying such suits, and the perils of pursuing these claims.

The Ashley Madison Hack: Legal Frights Waiting To Happen
Of course, by now, you’ve heard about the Ashley Madison website, which purports to facilitate adultery by linking married individuals through its dating website. You’ve also likely heard about the hack of that website and the release of information relating to its subscribers and their various “preferences.” There may be no more terrifying news for parties in family law cases or tort litigants pursuing loss of consortium claims! This presentation will discuss the potential litigation issues that could arise from this hack and others like it.

Strange But True: Uncommon Malpractice Cases and Ethics Violations
You’ve heard the old adage, you can’t make this stuff up?  This program will offer true stories of uncommon challenges to lawyers and the malpractice cases and ethics violations they cause.  You’ll leave with our top tips to avoid the same fate from such bugaboos like:

– The Horrors of Email Scammers – This Client is Too Good to Be True
– When Slimy Clients Sue Their Attorneys
– The Lie Down With Snakes Cases
– Angry Partners and Ugly Firm Breakups — Firm Dysfunction May Cause Ethical Heartburn
– Ignore Warning Signs at Your Peril – Keep an Eye on Your Partner
– The Incredible Hulk Claims – Unrestrained Anger Will Get You in Trouble

That’s right, folks! Those are the four components of the CLE, titled “Scary Laws, Torts, and Crimes (and Ashley Madison): A Halloween CLE,” which will be held on October 29 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Registration information can be found here.

New South Carolina Court of Appeals Order Affects Notice of Entry of Master-In-Equity Order

Practice alert! If you litigate cases in South Carolina, you should be aware of a new court of appeals case, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Fallon Properties South Carolina, LLC, et al, No. 2015-000157 (S.C. Ct. App. August 26, 2015). This case states that an email from the office of a master-in-equity containing an order that was later appealed is considered notice of entry of that order. Accordingly the court of appeals denied a petition for appeal that was received 31 days after the email and 28 days after the hard copy receipt. Calendar accordingly.

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Wonder Wonder #207, published way, way back in 1973. As you can see, Wonder Woman – and her mother! – are being sentenced by “The Jury of Death.” We are wondering why, if the jury was referred to as such, Wonder Woman didn’t request a bench trial. It seems like one might take one’s chances with a judge if the jurors are collectively known as “The Jury of Death.”

Our fearless leader Mills Gallivan has been named President-Elect of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) with his term ending in July of 2016. In case you didn’t know, Mills has already written a number of blog posts for us. You can revisit them here.

On another note, we are pleased to announce that 25 of our attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in America, one of the most respected peer-reviewed publications in the legal profession. Read more about that here.

Our favorite legal tweet of late addresses the changing legacy of famed fictional lawyer Atticus Finch:

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We can’t bring ourselves to see the new Fantastic Four movie, but its release did inspire us to investigate old Fantastic Four comic book covers. Take a look at the cover of Fantastic Four #9, published way, way back in 1962. Okay, so it appears from the cover of this issue that the members of the team have been evicted. Who brought that proceeding against them? Which firm felt comfortable litigating against The Thing? Were they defendants in their individual capacities? Did they sign the lease as individuals? It appears that they are attempting to avoid publicity as they vacate the premises. If so, why are Reed Richards and Sue Storm in costume? Why has the human torch activated his powers to carry his suitcases from the building? Are those suitcases not flammable?

If Westlaw Next is truly akin to New Coke, won’t they be bringing back Westlaw Classic? We can only hope.

Here’s some news: Kyle White’s recent post on the memory issues of asbestos plaintiffs was linked on Overlawyered!

Our favorite tweet of late comes come related to the ABA Journal’s next hackathon, which is coming to North Carolina. Behold:

Another Milestone – 1,500 Posts


This, dear readers, is our 1,500th post. Can you believe that? It all started back on the first business day of January of 2010. And here we are, more than five and a half years later, reaching yet another milestone here on Abnormal Use. Of course, we could not have done it without all of the assistance of our firm, Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A., and our talented crew of writers and contributors. If you’ve not noticed before today, take a look at the right hand column on the blog. There, you’ll see a list of all of our writers, and you can click on the appropriate link in order to view their past posts (some of which date back to the beginning).

We also thank you, our dear readers and supporters, for everything you have done to keep this site alive and thriving for the past five and half years.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

By the way, above, you’ll find the cover of Whiz Comics #100, published way, way back in 1948. Sure, Captain Marvel is only celebrating 100 issues (not 1,500 posts), but we thought the cover was sufficiently celebratory for our purposes here today.

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Above, you’ll find the cover of Whiz Comics #64, published way, way back in 1945. We chanced across it this past week and felt compelled to share it here due to its reference to an attorney. “Attorney Killed In Home / Capt. Marvel Suspected of Murder !!,” the newspaper headline proclaims. We wonder how Captain Marvel found himself in this dilemma. Surely he was framed!

Goodbye, Jon Stewart.

Are you following Abnormal Use on Facebook? You can do so by clicking here!

Guess what? Our own Kyle White was linked this week by the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute. How about that? Click here for more.

Our favorite legal tweet of late is a couple of weeks old, but it’s a good one:

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We had hoped Kevin Underhill of the Lowering The Bar blog would comment upon the Morrissey/TSA debacle, and he did not disappoint. Since this is Friday Links, we’re obligated to find a comic book cover to post, and of course, we thought of the cover above, a mash-up of Action Comics and The Smiths, the famous band of which Morrissey was a part. The mash-up series – which features a number of covers with super heroes and college rock bands – was designed by a Butcher Billy, a Brazillian designer, a few years ago. For more information on that delightful project, please see here.

Yes, an appellate court has cited to the HBO television series, “The Wire.” Of course, you’d think they would have quoted Omar Little. (Hat Tip: Above The Law).

Our favorite legal tweet of the week:

Speaking of Twitter, are you following our writers Stuart Mauney, Kyle White, and Nick Farr?

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Since we post a comic book cover most Fridays here at Abnormal Use, we’d be remiss if we did not at least mention the release of the new film, Ant-Man. We saw it, we enjoyed it, and we delighted in the reference to The Cure’s finest album, Disintegration. (You’ll need to see the film to understand that bit.). Above, you’ll find the cover of The Avengers #161, published way, way back in 1977. Of course, the Ant-Man depicted on the cover is Hank Pym (the character played by Michael Douglas in the new movie) and not Scott Lang (the protagonist portrayed by Paul Rudd). As Avengers purists, though, we’re content with that. If you’ve not yet seen the film, we recommend it (although we don’t plan to review it here).

Our friend Kevin Underhill at Lowering The Bar has alerted us to a lawyer advertisement featuring actor Danny Trejo. To see it, which you must do, click here.

If you’re in Asheville for the South Carolina Association of Defense Trial Attorneys Association conference, please say hello to the GWB lawyers there!

Guess what time of year it is again?

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So, it call comes back to “The Simpsons” sometimes. Above, you’l find an image of the “I Can’t Believe It’s A Law Firm” location. That, of course, is the headquarters of lawyer Lionel Hutz, who first appeared on the television series way, way back in 1991. Hutz, who was voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman, was always a favorite character of ours, for obvious reasons. We’ve yet to find a Simpsons comic book cover featuring the Hutz character, and so we may spend some time this weekend attempting to do so.

By the way, who is excited about the return of “Bloom County”? Back in 2011, we featured a legally themed “Bloom County” strip right here on Friday Links. Don’t remember that? Well, click here to revisit that post, which was dedicated to “Steve’s Law Tips.”

Remember four years ago when we compiled our giant list of songs about lawyers, judges, and attorneys?

Come on! You know you want to follow us on Twitter here and Facebook here! Join us on the social media and say hello!

We can definitely relate to our favorite legal tweet of late: